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ART300ZA(芸術学 / Art studies 300)
Advanced Topics in Contemporary Art


Class code etc
Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Attached documents
Year 2022
Class code A6309,A6553
Previous Class code
Previous Class title (Topics in Contemporary Art)
Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Day/Period 水4/Wed.4
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 各学部・研究科等の時間割等で確認
Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes) 制度ウェブサイトの3.(4)を参照すること。2019年度までに Topics in Contemporary Art修得済みの学生は履修できません。
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes) 制度ウェブサイトの3.科目別の注意事項 (1) GIS主催科目の履修上の注意を参照すること。
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title ×
Category (commenced 2024 onwards)
Category (commenced 2020-2023)
Category (commenced 2016-2019)

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Outline and objectives

Since the early 20th century we have witnessed a number of artistic movements: the birth of conceptual art, abstract expressionism, the rise of pop art and minimalism, the extension into earth, body, the movement toward performance, video, installation, and public art. Amidst all these transformations, how does contemporary art continue to make meanings, communicate, become significant to us? This course looks at various topics in contemporary art and closely examines how art functions in our society. Artistic practices in Europe, North America, Japan and other Asian countries are mainly examined.


Students will learn major movements, artists and terms in contemporary art.
Students will understand the key developments from the modern art to the contemporary.
Students will become active and discerning participants/viewers of contemporary art, equipped with basic analytical frameworks.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

Classes combine lectures, video clips, discussions, and student presentations. In addition, students are required to attend at least one off-campus museum or gallery exhibition relevant to the class (determined by the instructor). Students will then make presentations and write their research papers.
Feedbacks to the reaction comments will be given in the beginning of the next class.
Feedbacks to the presentations will also be given.

Students need to be aware that some works shown in class may address controversial issues such as homophobia, racial prejudice, and may include nudity.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

あり / Yes


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face



Overview of the course
(A selection process may occur)

2[対面/face to face]:Modern to Contemporary

Challenges to Perspective, Impressionism

3[対面/face to face]:Conceptual Art, Fluxus, Minimalism

Marchel Duchamps, Yoko Ono, Donal Judd, Felix Gonzalez=Torres, Joseph Kosuth

4[対面/face to face]:Abstract Expressionism, Action Painting, Postwar Figurative Art

Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon

5[対面/face to face]:Pop Art, Neo-Pop

Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons

6[対面/face to face]:Video Art

Nam June Paik, Bill Viola

7[対面/face to face]:Postmodernism, Performance

Cindy Sherman, Yasumasa Morimura, John Cage, Yoko Ono, Matthew Barney, Saeborg

8[対面/face to face]:Feminist Art, Race-Conscious Art, Queer Art

Judy Chicago, Mary Kelly, Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Kruger, Adrian Piper, Coco Fusco, Dumb Type

9[対面/face to face]:Appropriation Art, Simulationism Neo Expressionist Painting, Grafitti Art

Sherrie Levine, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquia, Keith Haring

10[対面/face to face]:Relational Art, Participatory Art

Gillian Wearing, Felix Gonzales=Torres,Yoko Ono, Rirkrit Tiravaniya, Yuki Kobayashi

11[対面/face to face]:Research Workshop 1

Student presentations 1

12[対面/face to face]:Research Workshop 2

Student presentations 2

13[対面/face to face]:Research Workshop 3

Student presentations 3

14[対面/face to face]:Summary

Summary and final exam

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Students need to keep up with the readings and must be prepared for class discussions. As part of their research, students are required to make at least one visit to an art exhibition suggested by the instructor in order to prepare their presentations and research papers. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


No textbook will be used. Readings will be made available on Hoppii.


References will be made available on Hoppii.

Grading criteria

Final grades are determined by contribution to class discussions and reaction comments (minimum 50 words due by 3pm Thursday (the next day)) (30%), a project paper based on a field trip to an art exhibition and research (40%), a presentation of the project (10%) and the final exam on image identifications (20%).
In the presentation, each student will introduce two artworks they encountered at the exhibition and explain why they liked them. S/he will conduct research on these works to write the paper. (The class schedule with the web links to the images and readings will be updated regularly throughout the semester.)

Changes following student comments

I have made the reaction comments due by 3pm on Thursday (the next day). This will achieve equity especially for slow-writing students.


Do not miss the first class as a selection process may occur.